Friday, October 14, 2011

ABC Picks-Up Full Seasons of Suburgatory & Revenge; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of October 17, 2011)

As we predicted they would after Wednesday's airings, ABC has picked-up freshman comedy Suburgatory (Wednesdays at 8:30pm) and new primetime soap Revenge (Wednesdays at 10pm) to full seasons! As of now, ABC has ordered the "back nine," which means both series will have at least 22 episodes this season instead of the original order of 13. Suburgatory has aired three times thus far and has remained steady and a big improvement for ABC over last season's Better with You. The series has averaged a very solid 3.2 18-49 rating. The same goes true for new drama Revenge, which has been a big improvement for ABC in this timeslot and has had the best ratings since 2007 (Dirty Sexy Money). The series won its timeslot last night in 18-49 and saw a 17% increase over the previous week and has averaged a solid 2.8 18-49 rating in the tough 10pm hour. Both series have plenty of buzz and support, so these could be around well past this season.
ABC is likely going to pick-up the Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing for a full season once they see the ratings for week two. The series delivered a 3.6 (3.5 in the first airing and a 3.7 in the second) in 18-49 for its two-episode premiere on Tuesday night, the best premiere for an 8pm comedy in 18-49 since 2006 (CBS' The Class) and total viewers since 2004 (NBC's Joey)! ABC will also take a look at Pan Am on Sunday, as that has a chance of a pick-up but it isn't a lock since ratings haven't been stable yet. The ratings for Charlie's Angels from last night, which was a remake of the classic episode from the original series "Angels in Chains," could make (meaning buying it another week) or break (meaning pulling it effective next week) the series (at the time of this writing, ratings are not known). ABC still has two new series premiering this fall: new comedy Man Up! next Tuesday after Last Man Standing and new drama from the writer of Lost, titled Once Upon a Time, which could be a sleeper hit.
One final note, we end this story on a happy note, ABC has ordered six additional scripts for second season comedy Happy Endings! As Penny would say, "ah-mazzing!" The series aired 13 episodes last spring and buzz began and has continued this fall with a bigger platform, airing after the megahit Modern Family. For the second time in three weeks, the series hit a series high this past Wednesday night. Hopefully the additional scripts turns into episodes and then eventually a full season (as of now the series has an order of 13 episodes). "Yeah buoy!" Stay with us for further updates!


It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of October 17-21, 2011, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, October 17, 2011
  • Michael J. Fox (Family Ties/Spin City) - Watch Michael on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones - The cast of Two and a Half Men present a Top Ten List on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen) - Ellen visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock From the Sun) - Joseph is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - The adorkable Zooey appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly) - Tune in to see Billy on The Gayle King Show at 10am ET on OWN and on The Joy Behar Show at 10pm ET on HLN.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
  • Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men/Spin City) - Catch Charlie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Rayond) - Patricia stops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am ET and later chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny) - Fran is a guest on The Rosie Show on OWN at 7pm ET.
  • Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl visits The Rosie Show on OWN at 7pm ET.
  • Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Caroline appears on The Gayle King Show at 10am on OWN.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Aubrey on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - The lovely Ms. Bowen is a guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Elisha Cuthbert (Happy Endings) - Tune in to see Elisha on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - The young and talented Sarah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia visits The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Catch Maya on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve appears The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings and later he will be on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey drops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am ET and then visits LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah continues to make the rounds on Good Morning America on ABC between 7-9am ET.
Friday, October 21, 2011
  • Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development/The Larry Sanders Show/The Ropers) - Watch Jeffrey on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney appears on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC
  • Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly) - Billy is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, but check listings for time.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season

01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, February 22

The Goldbergs - "So Swayze It's Crazy" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Adam sees his friend on television, he asks Beverly for her help to become an actor, so Beverly enlists his friend’s mom Edie, who is a kid talent agent in town. Unfortunately, Edie insists Adam can only get “nerd” roles, so Beverly goes on a quest to make Adam a teenage heartthrob. Meanwhile, Barry decides to embrace the punk lifestyle, and Murray attempts to become more involved in Erica’s life, but it backfires.

Speechless - "O-S-- OSCAR P-A-- PARTY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When the Dimeos throw their annual Oscar party with other special-needs families, Maya feels threatened by new mom Becca, who seems a little too perfect.  Meanwhile, Jimmy encourages the fathers at the party to let loose while Ray tries to impress a girl by pretending to be someone he is not.

Modern Family - "Heavy Is the Head" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Despite their lofty hopes, Phil and Jay’s property investment might turn out to be a bust, forcing Phil to rethink his original dream. Meanwhile, Cam lands in the hospital due to a head injury and refuses to have an MRI thanks to a traumatic incident with a well when he was a child. Determined to finally impress Claire and keep her from re-gifting her birthday present, Gloria surprises her with a day of luxury at the office. However, after Claire had to implement some rather harsh budget cuts at work, a massage at her desk may not be sending the right message.

black-ish - "One Angry Man" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre is forced to participate in jury duty after Junior responds to the summons that was thrown away. The case is supposed to be open and shut, but when Dre sees that the defendant is a young African American, he feels a civic responsibility to give him a fair trial. Meanwhile, Bow decides to let the kids swear in the house since they are more open with her that way, but she and Ruby soon regret the decision.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Tends Bar" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It's Valentine's Day and Paddy's is packed with customers. Dennis implores the gang to do one day of actual work but everyone else is distracted by a mystery crate Cricket spotted in the alley. Eventually, the gang becomes convinced Dennis really wants them to work on their relationships and everyone shares their grievances without much resolution.

Man Seeking Woman - "Dolphin" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
When her mom becomes obsessed with Josh's wedding, Liz seeks out her estranged father (Peter Gallagher).

Schitt's Creek - "General Store" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David comes up with a new business venture; Alexis adjusts to her first day of school.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Wednesday, February 22

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) and George Clooney (The Facts of Life/Roseanne) - Tom and George are guests on a repeat of the 2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat) - Ariana drops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith) - Kelly is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly)- Billy appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also talks about Ultimate Beastmaster on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Matt Shively (The Real O'Neals/True Jackson, VP) - Matt is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Justin Bartha (The New Normal) - Justin joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Will talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. He will also be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Rosie Perez (Search Party) - Rosie is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette dishes about the new season of SuperMansion on Crackle on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Mike Epps (Uncle Buck/Survivor's Remorse) - Mike is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Mark Consuelos (Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.